Proud to have been part of the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Press, 9 September 2019

Eleven inspiring entrepreneurs took the stage during the jury day of the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Awards last Wednesday, 4th of september. One of them was Monique Maissan, CEO of Waste2Wear.

Inspirational pitches

After a packed morning full of interviews with the jury members, all nominees had to pitch their business on stage for an audience of about 200 people. Out of the 11 nominees, the jury could only select four finalists. Monique Maissan unfortunately wasn’t one of them. Yet, we congratulate the four selected finalists and we are proud to have been among this group of exceptional entrepreneurs as part of the EYE Emerging Entrepreneur Award.


Congratulations to the four finalists

  • With his company BuyBay, Teun Kraaij wants to reduce waste by effectively handling the return flows of e-commerce companies. And he’s ambitious, he wants BuyBay to become the return solution of Europe.
  • When decorating her own house, Femke discovered furniture is either really expensive, coming from exclusive design brands, or it’s IKEA. There isn’t so much in between, so she started her company FEST to fill this market gap, and with success!
  • At the age of 22, Daan van Renselaar went to China to find good quality, but affordable e-bikes to sell in the Netherlands. Now, 10 years later, he is market leader in the Netherlands and dreams of becoming market leader of Europe.
  • Paul Eggink noticed the millennial generation likes to work in a flexible way, which traditional recruitment agencies didn’t offer. With his online platform Temper, he offers freelance work in the retail and catering industry. Soon he’ll be expanding to other sectors like health care.

Other nominees were:

Gerben Smit (Solarfields), Geert-Jan SMits (Flinders), Jeroen van Ree (Intent), Tess Rijn (TaskHero), Lex Hoefsloot (Lighyear), Guido van Staveren van Dijk (Moyee Coffee) and Valentijn Rensing (Youfone).
Next to the emerging entrepreneur category, there is also the EY Entrepreneur Award. The finalists are: Jeroen Glabbeek, Atilay Uslu, John Celie and Siert Wijnia.

Companies of the future

Jeroen Smit was the moderator of the jury day and he stressed: “All these companies aren’t just start-ups, they are on the verge of a breakthrough and will be the companies of tomorrow.” Together with the chairman of the jury Jan Kees de Jager they called the entrepreneurs “the unstoppables”.

Innovative textiles from recycled plastics

Monique Maissan was the first entrepreneur in circular textiles nominated for this prestigious award, which was a recognition of her entrepreneurial capabilities and pioneer work within the plastic recycling value chain. This EY event gave her an extra opportunity to share our story and belief about the urgency with which we need to reduce plastic waste, by transforming it into a resource for good products.

It is an enormous honor to be nominated by EY and to be part of a group of inspiring entrepreneurs who are doing fantastic things differently” – Monique Maissan

The final of the EY Entrepreneur and EY Emerging Entrepreneur Award is 2 October.


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